By Rachael Grealish
The Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer and The Archbishop of Canterbury are among the UK leaders who’ve paid tribute to HRH Prince Philip.
Buckingham Palace made the announcement today, Friday April 9, the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away this morning at Windsor Castle.
The royal family made the announcement on social media saying ‘with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband’.
Boris Johnson lead tributes to the 99-year-old saying: “He helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”
On the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/rZlbY1matF
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 9, 2021
Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, said the Prince would not only be remembered for his service to the country, but his commitment to the Queen.
He said: “The United Kingdom has lost an extraordinary public servant in Prince Philip. Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country – from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh.
“However, he will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen. For more than seven decades, he has been at her side.
“Their marriage has been a symbol of strength, stability and hope, even as the world around them changed – most recently during the pandemic. It was a partnership that inspired millions in Britain and beyond.
“My thoughts are with The Queen, the Royal Family and the British people as our nation comes together to mourn and remember the life of Prince Philip.”
The Archbishop posted a lengthy statement, saying he is joining with the rest of the UK in mourning.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) April 9, 2021
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she is ‘saddened’ by the news, sending her condolences to The Queen and former Prime Ministers, John Major and Tony Blair also gave their condolences.
I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family. https://t.co/G7ocXXOH2U
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 9, 2021
Blair said Britain will be ‘united in sadness’ at the death of the Duke.
He said: “He will be most recognised as a remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen. However, he should also be remembered in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage.”
Prince Philip was born in Corfu in 1921 into the Greek and Danish royal families.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1939, and from July that year began a correspondence with Princess Elizabeth that would go on to become 74-year marriage.